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How a great deal does the kind of a glass impact the taste of the wine inside?

The image is of me and my son Otto in our back yard on Lake Michigan. I nonetheless swear its just broken bottles, not beach glass.

Did you know that glass is a naturally occurring substance? Did you know it is most normally produced by lightning strikes on beaches or volcanic discharge? Now, I grew up in Michigan frequenting hundreds of beaches on each Good Lake for the final 45 years of my life. Hopefully my parents study this and can inform me that I located true beach glass, I normally believed it was just broken bottles.

I was reading an post by Kelli White on Guildsomm.com about the history of glass. As she recommended, I blew by way of the section of technical information and facts and slowed myself down when it was about the history of glass vessels.

Glass cups and vessels have been very first developed about the 17th and 16th centuries BCE in Ancient Egypt and Meso, and they belonged exclusively to the royal and the wealthy. Quite crude devices by our requirements, but they worked. When the blowpipe was introduced about 200 BCE by the Phoenicians, there was a large jump in high quality. The blow pipe remains a important component of glass generating now.

Back to wine!
Skip way ahead to the 1950s when Claus Riedel began generating wine glasses that have been varietal-distinct (i.e. for chardonnay, burgundy, and so on). There are numerous Sommeliers that think the size and shape of a glass impact a wine’s flavor. I can agree most of the time, but I honestly think it is not that important to the enjoyment. Plus, no wine qualified appears to be capable to clarify specifically how the glass influences the wine. Some Sommeliers may well cite the “tongue-map,” a bit of pseudoscience that appears to have stuck about (in spite of getting debunked) that claims that unique components of the tongue are accountable for unique varieties of taste (e.g. sweet, salty, sour, bitter).

So, how may well the shape of a wine glass impact the taste of the wine? The very best answer I located lies in the truth that drinking wine requires each taste and smell. A lot of wine tasting requires the olfactory program, and the shape of a glass can ascertain how a great deal of a wine’s volatile vapors attain your nose just before tasting. See for oneself how a great deal smell is a component of tasting wine: hold your nose even though drinking, and you will notice your sense of taste is considerably dulled!

Wine Glasses by Varietal

White wines are commonly served in smaller sized bowled glasses. Smaller sized glasses:

  • Preserve floral aromas
  • Retain cooler temperature
  • Express a lot more acidity in wine
  • Delivers a lot more aromas (even at cooler temperatures) due to proximity to nose


Red wine glasses are bigger bowled. These glasses

  • Provide a lot more aroma compounds vs. the burn of ethanol from getting farther from nose
  • Have a bigger surface region to let ethanol evaporate
  • Have a wider opening, generating wines taste smoother



Wine Glasses &amp Economy
From a qualified tasting point of view, I use a low-priced, thick-walled glass from Libby. These lovely thin walled crystal glasses break really very easily. As an instance, at Maynards we have a line in our spending budget that permits for glass breakage. We use Riedel (Restaurant Line) glasses, and final year alone we broke properly into the triple digits of these glasses. Charlie Trotters (when he was alive and the restaurant was open) had a 40k per year spending budget for this.

The reality is economies of scale. If I could afford $40 for a single glass that will break if you appear at it the incorrect way, then yeah, the Chardonnay would taste greater. Just attempt not to let your thoughts play tricks on you. What actually matters is what’s in the glass. Yellow Tail will not taste any greater in Riedel’s “Sommelier” line of glassware.

Of course, this is just my opinion. Cheers!


February Wines Of The Month

White Wine of the Month — Mia  |  White Blend  |  2015  |  Barcelona, Spain
Light and fresh with a hint of sweetness. Good with cheeses, salads, chicken and lighter fare. Even greater served actually cold by itself on your porch!

Red Wine of the Month Match Book  |  Tinto Rey Red Blend  |  2015  |  Dunnigan Hills, CA
Dark fruit, leather, and chocolate top to red currant, black cherry, and cigar box. This wine is just begging to be paired with red meat!

Wine Club members, please come in and choose up your wines just before they’re gone!